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Fox News denied access to AOC town hall on veterans' health care

Fox News denied access to AOC town hall on veterans’ health care

Organizers of the Protect Veterans Health Care at the VA town hall in New York featuring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tell Fox News that the event was at capacity, but video from inside the building tells a different story. 'Fox &…

Omar al-Bashir: a military autocrat with a shrewd sense of politics

Like previous Sudanese leaders, he was finally toppled by the army, which finally sided with the people over the president. There is a long history of coups in Sudan. The subsequent election ushered in the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi. In turn, he was toppled by Omar al-Bashir in June 1989. He went to study in an Egyptian military college and fought with the Egyptian army in the 1973 war against Israel. Returning to Sudan, he was rapidly promoted and took a leading role in the military campaign to try and crush southern rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. In February 1989 a group of army officers presented Prime Minister al-Mahdi with an ultimatum demanding that he either find a political settlement to the civil war or give the military the means to seek a battlefield victory. Not only did he survive the complex political intrigues of Khartoum, he saw off a number of severe challenges. The bitter struggle finally led to the independence of South Sudan in July 2011. Protests in the northern city of Atbara in December 2018 lit the fuse that finally brought tens of thousands onto the streets.

No Politics in Stripping Thaksin’s Award, Armed Forces Say

Gen. Pornpipat Benyasri, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, told reporters the ex-premier lost his Chakdao medal in accordance with the military’s regulations, which call for awards to be rescinded if recipients “fail to deserve the honor.” “The media and Thai people may already know that answer from many websites and social media,” Pornpipat said when asked why Thaksin lost the award. “But it disturbs the ethics and values of the armed forces is any action that amounts to insulting and disrespecting higher entities.” Gen. Pornpipat did not elaborate, though the term “disrespecting higher entities” is sometimes used as a euphemism to describe hostility toward the monarchy. Thaksin, enrolled at the academy before his stint as a police officer, won the award in 1991. The former leader retains immense popularity among supporters in Thailand despite being ousted in a 2006 coup. He was later found guilty of corruption in 2008, but fled the country shortly before the verdict was handed out, citing the ruling was politically motivated. Thaksin lashed out at Sunday’s election by calling it “rigged” in favor of the junta. Writing in an op-ed to the New York Times from Hong Kong, the ex-premier said there were numerous allegations of fraud during the votes. Gen. Pornpipat said Thaksin was not stripped of the medal because of his criticism. He also said the timing has nothing to do with the current political situation. “Things can be fast and slow.

Long Thai crisis morphed coup leader’s career into politics

Prayuth Chan-ocha became prime minister in a very Thai way: He led a military coup. Now after five years of running Thailand with absolute power, he's seeking to hold on to the top job through the ballot box. He wants to return as a prime minister under normal politics." He promised elections and then delayed them every year he was in power. He's worn increasingly well-tailored suits — for which his wife takes credit — and, as pressure for an election mounted, largely transformed himself into the Thai equivalent of your typical baby-kissing politician. They could not accept the rise of billionaire politician Thaksin Shinawatra, whose populist policies after being elected prime minister in 2001 threatened to unravel the country's long-established power structure: Bangkok-oriented, devoted to the monarchy and safeguarded by the military. In October that year, he became the army commander-in-chief. After abandoning a sham effort to mediate between the Thaksin-backed government and its opponents who had been staging violent protests against it, Prayuth and the leaders of the other armed forces announced they were seizing power on May 22, 2014. Prayuth and his junta spelled out their major tasks, including brokering national reconciliation and enacting reforms across Thai society to save the nation from what it said was the inherent corruption of politicians. Early last year he made it clear, telling reporters: "I am no longer a soldier.

Abhinandan, Congress aur BJP! Politics over armed forces continues

At Aaj Tak's 'Suraksha Sabha', BJP's Prakash Javadekar and Congress's Manish Tewari debated over politics ensuing over the bravery of forces Tewari said only the BJP was appropriating the sacrifices of the jawans as tool to win the Lok Sabha polls Javadekar maintained the BJP wasn't politicising the issue Aaj Tak's Suraksha Sabha stage saw a raging debate between the representatives of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress party on Tuesday over if the recent Pulwama terror attack and Balakot airstrike were being politicised. The session, moderated by Aaj Tak TV's Anjana Om Kashyap, saw questions, answers and rebuttal from the two participants -- BJP's Prakash Javadekar and Congress's Manish Tewari, citing history, geography and even the ethics followed by the India Today Group. Manish Tewari continued, "Sena ki shaurya ka rajneetikaran nahin hona chahiye. Was airstrike the right way to tackle Pakistan? If it was why former prime minister Manmohan Singh refused to attack Pakistan after 26/11? But I know the Congress did it best to isolate Pakistan that time too." Tewari said. Javadekar asked Tewari: Aapse kisne kaha 36 Rafale jets lengey? Tewari replied: Aap hi ki sarkaar ne kaha. Par humaari koshish hai ki sena ki har zaroorat poori ho.

Brexit could boost UK’s military standing, says defence secretary

Brexit represents an opportunity for Britain to boost its global military standing in response to the threats posed by Russia and China, the defence secretary will say in a notably combative address at a defence thinktank. Gavin Williamson intends to argue in a speech at the Royal United Services Institute on Monday that a post-Brexit UK should redefine its role as a global power prepared to intervene against countries that “flout international law”, backed up by new military technologies and capabilities. The cabinet minister, who is increasingly keen to talk up Brexit at a time when a deal is elusive, is expected to say leaving the EU will allow the UK “to consider how we not only project but maximise our influence around the world in the months and years to come”. Japanese PM implores Britain not to leave EU without a deal Read more Williamson is expected to conclude: “Brexit has brought us to a great moment in our history. The defence secretary wants the UK to step up its presence in Asia with a new military base – a generation after Harold Wilson retreated from “east of Suez” – and will confirm that the first of Britain’s next-generation aircraft carriers, the Queen Elizabeth, will tour the Pacific as part of its maiden voyage in around 2021. Last September a British warship, the HMS Albion, sailed close to islands claimed by China in an attempt to demonstrate that the UK does not recognise claims beyond the internationally agreed 12-mile limit. China described the action as provocative. “This is why ‘global Britain’ needs to be much more than a pithy phrase. “And our armed forces represent the best of global Britain in action: action to oppose those who flout international law; and action, on occasion, that may lead to us intervene ourselves.” The minister will confirm that cash – understood to be in the tens of millions – will be set aside for investment in offensive and defence cyberwarfare capability to contend with a threat associated with Russia and China, confirming reports from last September that the number of specialist hackers will increase from 500 to 2,000. “Instead of simply engaging in yet more sabre-rattling, Gavin Williamson should get to grips with the crisis in defence funding that is happening on his watch,” she said.
President Trump Hands Vladimir Putin Gift In Missile Treaty Withdrawal | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

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Joe Cirincione, nuclear weapons policy expert, talks with Joy Reid about Donald Trump's announced intention to withdraw the United States from the INF treaty, and why Donald Trump doesn't seem to understand how to exert pressure through a treaty as…
Crenshaw tours southern border, voices support for wall

Crenshaw tours southern border, voices support for wall

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw discusses the border security issues he saw while touring the U.S.-Mexico border; former DEA special agent Derek Maltz weighs in on 'Hannity.' #Hannity #FoxNews FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to…

A political game: Why Thailand’s election will be a win for the military

"If the election is a trick on the people, Thais will march and not accept it." A military-drafted 2017 constitution aims to prevent the opposition Pheu Thai party from returning to office -- and ensure the army will continue to have a say in the country's future, no matter who wins the election. The rule of Prayut Chan-o-cha, the military coup leader turned prime minister, has been marked with increased repression, activists say. "Ongoing repression means that voters, political parties and the media in Thailand will have their arms twisted and their mouths gagged in the lead-up to the election." "He desperately wants to be the premiership, this is about his personal ambition," Pavin Chachavalpongpun, associate professor at Kyoto University's Center for Southeast Asian Studies, told CNN. The phrase 'history repeats itself' has taken on a new meaning in Thailand, a nation that has seen a dozen successful coups since 1932. His sister, former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, was kicked out just before Prayut's coup in 2014, following six months of civil unrest and violent street protests. It appears a new Shinawatra generation could be about to make its mark. After the military lifted a ban on political campaigning in December, a host of smaller parties appeared, including Pheu Dharmma and Thai Raksa Chart, with many Pheu Thai members joining their ranks. "Now the atmosphere has changed and young people are more aware," 21-year-old LGBTQ activist and Future Forward party member Tattep Ruangprapaikitseree told CNN.
Trump's Syria exit plan questioned after ISIS-claimed attack

Trump’s Syria exit plan questioned after ISIS-claimed attack

Four Americans were killed in suicide bombing in Syria; reaction and analysis from Fox News national security and foreign affairs analyst Walid Phares. #SpecialReport #FoxNews FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news…